Wednesday, January 24, 2018

T&T hockey squads off to Commonwealth


31st in the world: Members of the T&T women’s hockey team. Back Row, left, Petal Derry, Tamia Roach, Stephanie Whiteman, Savannah De Freitas, Amanda George, Kayla Braithwaite, Dana De Gannes. Middle Row, left, Brittney Hingh, Patricia Wright-Alexis, Zene Henry, Elise Olton, Brianna Govia, Kwylan Jaggessar, Front Row, left, Candice Ashton, Amie Olton and Alanna Lewis.

Mark Fraser

The Trinidad and Tobago men and women's national hockey teams will leave for Scotland tomorrow to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, later this month.

The women's squad, co-captained by Alanna Lewis and Patricia Wright-Alexis, features a host of youth players mixed with seniors Lewis and Wright-Alexis, long serving custodian Petal Derry, Candice Ashton, Kwylan Jaggessar and Brittney Hingh, who are among the few with more than 25 caps under their belt.

T&T, ranked 31st in the world, are grouped in Pool A with Canada (22nd), India (13th), New Zealand (4th) and South Africa (11th), while Pool B consists of defending champions Australia (2nd), England (6th), Scotland (16th), Wales (32nd) and Malaysia (21st).  

The T&T men's squad are coming off of an historic bronze medal at the 2013 Pan American Cup and will be led once again by skipper Darren Cowie. Six players from the bronze medal winning team will not be making the trip due to various reasons, including vice captain Dwain Quan Chan. Others not making the trip include Kwasi Emmanuel, Kiel Murray, Christopher Scipio, Cogie Butler and Wayne Legerton. Despite those absentees, however, coach Glenn Francis can still call on the experience of T&T's most capped player, Kwandwane Browne, and 2013 Player of the Year Mickell Pierre. 

The T&T men are ranked 29th in the world and is grouped in Pool B with England (5th), New Zealand (6th), Malaysia (13th) and Canada (16th).

Pool A in the men's competition will consists of defending champions Australia (1st), India (9th), South Africa (12th), Scotland (25th) and Wales (31st). Like the ladies, the men will play a number of warm up matches prior to the tournament's start date on July 24.